Originally posted by ikellen
What are the best for AMD and Pentium processors (which is good for the P4 and which for Athlon XP)
Of the remaining parts of a PC, which area's are OK to put in a general component instead of the most expensive?
Sorry for writing essays about my topics, but I'm trying to get as informed as I can so I don't screw anything up
I've read good reviews about both of the following motherboards:
ABIT TH7II-RAID and ASUS A7V266-E
I'd suggest looking into the ASUS A7V333.
If you choose AMD, I'd say at least get an AMD XP 1800+.
As for Intel, you could probably pick up just a 2 GHz (just CPU) for around $180, so that could be cool. It all depends on what you really want to do. 3D rendering can take up a lot of system, depending on what progs you use.
Ram: I'd say 512 if you can.
HD is an important one. Make sure you get one thats at least 7200 RPM. Since your system waits on your hard drive, you don't want to get 5400 RPM. That would just slow stuff down, and you would defintely notice it.
I'd say at least a GeForce 2 Ti200. Currently the best available is the ATI RADEON 9700 Pro, but the GeForce 4 Ti4600 is not far behind.
It's really up to you. I'd check out the following sites and read reviews:
www.tomshardware.com www.anandtech.com www.firingsquad.com
As for the whole AMD vs Intel thing..I wont get into that, but I'll tell you that my XP 1800+ performs damn nice, and wasn't too expensive.
AMD XP 1800+ @ 1.53 GHz
SY-K7V Dragon Plus Motherboard
1 GB PC2100 DDR RAM
180 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
GeForce 3 Ti200
When playing games, I jack the graphics settings up to the max, and everything runs great, even UT2003
BTW, I'm also into graphics/getting into it, and my system has no probs with them.
Some programs I use are 3DS Max 5, Maya 4, Bryce 5, Poser, Infini-D, etc....
Just to give you an example of what the system is capable of doing.